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97%+ Original Selmer Super Balanced Action Alto Sax - Freshly Repadded - Serial # 40909

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Product ID: 40909SBAAlto

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This is a 1949 vintage Selmer Paris Super Balanced Action alto sax, serial number 40909. This alto looks gorgeous with 97% original lacquer intact. It has obviously never been played very much, and has spend most of its long life languishing in its case. We've just restored it back to perfect playing shape, and it is ready for a new lease on life.

 

The photos don't do this horn justice, it looks really clean in person. There is only light speckly wear to the original lacquer, and minor spots on a few touch points. The low C keyguard has been resoldered, but that is the only previous repair anywhere on this horn. There isn't even any dent work to be found, the lacquer is just about perfect. The original neck too has never been pulled down or damaged. You don't see horns from this era look this nice!

 

This alto came to us on old pads, well past their life span. The repad was done in our shop by Derick Tramel, using premium firm leather pads and oversized TM Custom resonators. This is a seamless, flat metal brass resonator, and it is a screwback, so you can continue to re-use them in future years as pads get replaced. Derick replaced all material throughout, checked tone holes for level, etc. Springs have been set throughout with a medium tension, so it feels even up and down, and key heights have all been set to medium-open. The keywork pops under your fingers, feels fluid and even like a new horn.

 

This SBA plays with a warmer, darker kind of sound. It isn't as focused as a Mark VI, but still has a solid warm core with that great, traditional Selmer “color.” Just has a bit more flexibility in tone, so note shaping is particularly easy for expression. This is a very emotive and expressive instrument. A really fantastic horn for players and collectors alike.